A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle by Cornelius Ryan

By Cornelius Ryan

<big>THE vintage ACCOUNT of 1 OF the main DRAMATIC BATTLES of worldwide battle II </big>

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the conflict of Arnhem, which marshalled the best armada of troop-carrying airplane ever assembled and value the Allies approximately two times as many casualties as D-Day.

during this compelling paintings of historical past, Ryan narrates the Allied attempt to finish the struggle in Europe in 1944 by way of shedding the mixed airborne forces of the yank and British armies at the back of German traces to seize the the most important bridge around the Rhine at Arnhem. targeting an unlimited solid of characters -- from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to universal infantrymen and commanders -- Ryan brings to lifestyles essentially the most bold and ill-fated operations of the conflict. A Bridge Too Far beautifully recreates the phobia and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which led to sour defeat for the Allies.

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Lisa de Boor, journalist from Marburg; married to Wolf, with three grown-up children: Monika, Anton and Hans. Willy Reese, trainee bank clerk from Duisburg, infantryman. , railwayman’s son, paratrooper. Introduction The Second World War was a German war like no other. The Nazi regime turned the confl ict which it had started into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocidal methods well before building the first gas chambers in occupied Poland. The Third Reich was also unique in enacting its own ‘total defeat’ in 1945, in the process expending and exhausting all the moral and physical reserves of German society.

Two years later, another was vowing ‘to catch up on everything later which we’re missing out on now’. Their dreams of a post-war life formed the focus of hope, the personal version of what victory – or, increasingly, simply avoiding defeat – meant to them. 26 For families and individuals the war proved to be unutterably long. They were touched by the great events but the millions of family int ro d uc t ion 19 letters carried each day by the field post chronicled domestic stratagems to cope with the excessive demands of war and plotted the incremental, unconscious adjustments each side had to make.

As Helmut’s unit advanced through Romania and into southern Ukraine, they found themselves in the same locations as German troops had occupied in the previous war, and his parents were not slow to find neighbours and acquaintances back in Pforzheim who could describe the terrain or unfold old war maps to work out where their sons must be fighting. Men, proud to have withstood their ‘baptism of fire’ in the trenches, compared artillery barrages with the ten-month battle of Verdun in 1916, equating its legendary destructive force with the ultimate test.

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